Oakland University

Oakland University celebrates the 50th anniversary of its founding in 2007. When it opened in 1959, 570 students were enrolled, and the charter class graduated in 1963 with 125 students receiving diplomas. Today, nearly 18,000 students attend classes at OU each fall, and our alumni number more than 73,000.

Oakland University was created in 1957 when the late Alfred and Matilda Wilson donated $2 million and their 1,500-acre estate to Michigan State University to start a new college in Oakland County. Named Michigan State University - Oakland, the college enrolled its first students in 1959. The name changed to Oakland University in 1963. In 1970, the Michigan Legislature recognized the maturity and stature of Oakland University by granting it autonomy, and Michigan's governor appointed Oakland's first Board of Trustees.

With 115 baccalaureate degree programs and 90 graduate degree and certificate programs, Oakland provides a learner-centered education with flexible class schedules and increased facilities, student services, classroom technologies, labs, internships, co-ops and research opportunities wit... [ Read All ]


United States

Department of Art and Art History, 307 Wilson Hall,
MI 48309-4401
Phone: (248) 370-3375
Fax: (248)-370-4208
Website: www.oakland.edu

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Our Aims

As a state-supported institution of higher education, Oakland University has a three-fold mission. It offers instructional programs of high quality that lead to degrees at the baccalaureate, master's and doctoral levels as well as programs in continuing education; it advances knowledge and promotes the arts through research, scholarship and creative activity; and it renders significant public service. In all its activities, the university strives to exemplify educational leadership.


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Location and Getting there

Driving Directions
Oakland University is located in southeastern Michigan between Flint and Detroit. Our 1,441-acre campus actually extends into two cities - Auburn Hills and Rochester Hills, between Adams Road and Squirrel Road, just south of Walton Boulevard. Take I-75 to exit 79 and go east on University Drive to the main entrance of the campus.


Department and information about the department

The Department of Art and Art History at Oakland University offers B.A. degrees in Art History and Studio Art, as well as minors in both fields. Concentrations within Studio Art include drawing, painting and photography, and new media. Students can also earn a B.A. in Studio Art with a certification in K-12 Art Education.

The department's curriculum encompasses both artmaking as an aesthetic expression of intellectual vision, and contextual study and research into the exceptional range of aesthetic expression throughout history. Majors and non-majors can develop their knowledge and understanding of the history of the visual arts, gain a solid grounding in aesthetic and critical theory, develop technical skills in a variety of artistic media, and expand their abilities to conceptualize and communicate their own vision through aesthetic means.


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Information For  Undergraduates

Art History:
Art history is an ideal curriculum for students who wish to investigate a broad range of humanistic disciplines. The visual arts are studied in their historical context in terms of the cultural, economic, philosophical, political, religious, social and technological conditions that determine content and form. The department also emphasizes critical thinking, writing and visual analysis of individual works of art. The art history program provides both majors and non-majors with a thorough introduction to the visual arts of both Western and non-Western cultures throughout history.

Studio Art:
Studio Art is an academic discipline that embraces both visual communication and the aesthetic expression of an intellectual vision. Studio Art majors and non-majors receive thorough technical and aesthetic training in drawing, painting, photography, video and digital media. Majors in studio art or K-12 art education may specialize in drawing, painting, photography or new media.


Information For  International Students

The International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) provides support for international students taking classes at Oakland University and international scholars on campus.

An international student is anyone who is at the university to take classes and is in the United States for the purpose of pursuing an education. Such a student can be on an F-1 student visa or a J-1 student visa.

An international scholar is anyone who is on campus to perform research, provide instruction or observe the administrative components of the university. Scholars are on J-1 visas and may be sponsored through a department on campus or an external agency that places the scholar in a particular department at Oakland University.

The International Students and Scholars Office is committed to building an international campus through service, support and advocacy to nurture global citizenship and multicultural appreciation. The office provides services to international students and scholars, including immigration-related advising, social and cultural counseling, and helpful orientation sessions to new students and scholars. The ISSO also advocates on ...  [ Read All ]



Student Facilities


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Student Life



Living on campus allows students an even greater opportunity to become involved in the many programs and events at OU. Each housing unit on campus offers its residents a variety of activities to enhance their college experience. There also are a variety of educational, cultural, recreational and social activities that take place on OU’s campus throughout the year. Those activities include films, lectures, concerts, dances, comedians, workshops, intramural sports, fundraisers and more. You'll always find a lot to do at OU!


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Visit us (open days)

Campus Tours
Oakland University invites you to take a closer look at its 1,441-acre campus. Come take a walking tour led by a student ambassador. During the spring and summer, tours are held Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10 a.m. and on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3 p.m. Space is limited and reservations are required.

You can schedule a tour using our Online Reservation system, or you can contact the Office of Admissions and Orientation at (248) 370-3360 or (800) OAK-UNIV.

Saturday Tours
March 31, 2007
April 14, 2007
May 19, 2007
10 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Oakland Center

Sign up online using our reservation system, or contact us at (800) OAK-UNIV.


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